Westmount Here & There
June 5, 2016
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Nepal is still in need of so much work since last year’s devastating earthquake. On Friday, May 20, a group of eight Montreal area Rovers, headed by Westmounters Virginia Elliott and Doug Leahey, departed on a humanitarian trip to Nepal. For one month they will be volunteering and helping with repairs at the Kunde Hospital, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary 50 years ago. The group will also participate in a reforestation program in Sagarmatha National Forest.
Their effort may be supported through a tax deductible donation directly to Scouts Canada at scouts.ca (mention Project Yeti) or through the Gofundme Project Yeti Nepal 2016 at gofundme.com
Their progress can be followed on their Facebook Project Yeti page and Instagram
Image: courtesy of Virginia Elliott
Jaswant Guzder’s paintings emerge from the realities of her life as someone with a diaspora identity. As a psychoanalyst, the realities of free association have surfaced for her in the process of book making, works on paper and continuous note taking. Her work is a chronicle of an internal process, a journey between the intuitive and the analytic, swinging between the two poles of her life work as painter and healer.
Talk: Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
More information at visualartscentre.ca/mcclure-gallery
Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre
An Evening of Poetry, Prose & Music
On Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose & Music at the McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria. Produced and hosted by Ilona Martonfi and featuring the talents of Susan Elmslie, Ian Ferrier, Ilona Martonfi, Cora Siré, Michael Carrino, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Anne Stratford, Tom Abray and Sapo.
Doors open at 7 pm, readings at 7:30 pm, tickets at the door $5.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: courtesy of Ilona Martonfi
Randonnée Aventure calendars now online
Choose from exciting weekend getaways and dozens of day trips to the region’s most inspiring destinations. Check out our summer hiking and cycling lineup on the Randonnée Aventure website at and go to the Buy Online Tab to register. Don’t forget to download and print one of the handy activity calendars on our website as well. Guaranteed to add satisfaction to your summer!
Hiking calendar PDF
Cycling calendar PDF
More information at randonnee.ca
On Wednesday, June 8 at 5 pm, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents Balcony Gardening with guest speaker Sheena Swirlz, Co-ordinator of Concordia Greenhouse, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.
Come learn all you need to know to have a beautiful balcony, or patio, resplendent with flowers and/or vegetables. Learn how to maximize the space, plan your soil and make great plant choices. You will be amazed at how creative you can be in a small space! Presented by the Westmount Horticultural Society in collaboration with Concordia University’s Greenhouse.
Doors open 4:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
The event is free but donations to the WHS or the Concordia Greenhouse are appreciated.
More information at 514 233-2788.
Preventing Radicalization Through Education
The evening will feature guest speakers Beryl Wajsman, Editor-in-chief of The Suburban Newspaper and president of the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal; Frank Chalk, Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies of Concordia University; Dr. Ratna Ghosh, professor at McGill University Deparment of Education, specializing in education’s role in preventing radicalization and Marie-Josee Gicali, vice-president of PAGE-Rwanda, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Cocktails: 6 pm to 7 pm — Speakers: 7 pm to 9 pm
The event is free however donations to fund the foundation’s efforts are appreciated. Full tax receipts will be given. To RSVP, please click eventbrite.ca
For more information, go to genocideeducationfoundation.org or call 514 947-7658.
Image: courtesy of the Foundation for the Compulsory Study of Genocide in Schools
SPCA-AnimaPlus Snout & About
On Sunday, June 12, the largest dog walk in Montreal will take place in Mount-Royal Park with the goal of raising funds for the SPCA inspections team. With or without your 4-legged companion, come spend a fun summer’s day in the company of beautiful canines!
When: Sunday, June 12 from 10 am to 3 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Mount-Royal Park – intersection of Park Avenue and Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Why: Because we all love animals!
Image: courtesy of the Montreal SPCA.
From June 12 to June 16, it’s the 5th Festival Bloomsday Montréal, a celebration of Irish-Montréal heritage, culture and literature. For the complete schedule of events visit bloomsdaymontreal.com/schedule and for up-to-the-minute information go to the festival’s Facebook page.
The following events will be happening in Westmount:
On Tuesday, June 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Stories Told and Sung featuring the grand old songs by singer Kathleen McAuliffe and stories by Margaret Nicolai and Jan Gregory, at the Atwater Library, 1500 Atwater.
On Wednesday, June 15, from 7 to 9 pm, there will be a discussion of Finnegans Wake at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Join the group reading and lively discussion during this book club meeting. In the Westmount Room.
On Thursday, June 16 from 11 am to 3 pm, it’s Bloomsday at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Featuring brilliantly read excerpts from James Joyce’s Ulysses by actors, Montreal journalists and Joyce aficionados, including theatre critic Jim Burke of the Montreal Gazette; former books and theatre critic Pat Donnelly; columnist Peggy Curran; playwright and actor Colleen Curran; CBC arts journalist Jeanette Kelly; novelist and playwright Trevor Ferguson; and Centaur Theatre Artistic Director Roy Surrette. In the Westmount Room.
These events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration required at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register
Activities at Contactivity
Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.
For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult contactivitycentre.org
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre